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George IV Inn

30 Portugal Street

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

12 - 10
closed Sat & Sun


London School of Economics

About the Pub

This is an imposing and attractive corner pub with its Victorian architecture, traditional interior, and distinctive 'Hoare & Co' branding on the front of the building. Owned by the London School of Economics, reinforced by the equally imposing cast iron 'London School of Economics' name plate that once adorned a British Railways Class 86 electric locomotive that dominates the island bar with its splendid gantry, the surviving etched as well as the plain glass windows, wood framework and panelling and plain glass mirrors, magnificent ceiling, Corinthian columns and original lantern can't fail to impress. The upstairs private bar, the Beavers Retreat, is available for private bookings but not on Thursday or Friday evenings. Customers come from the nearby Inns of Court and the Royal Courts of Justice, LSE (students and staff), and visitors. First licensed in 1823 the pub was rebuilt 1899 by Hoare & Co to the design of Perry & Reid at a cost of £7,440. The pub appeared in Dickens' Pickwick Papers as the Magpie & Stump. Archive photos of this pub as a Charrington's Ales house may be seen at

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Fuller's London Pride
  • Sharp's Doom Bar

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

Source: National

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George IV Inn, London


  • RealAle Real Ale Available




  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Bar snacks & light meals only.

  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Bar snacks & light meals only.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Not Thurs or Fri.

  • WiFi Wifi

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George IV Inn

30 Portugal Street

Sat Nav Reference

51.514693, -0.11681


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

Nearby Station (950m)

City Thameslink

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (400m)


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